2007 Minivan Best Bets

This list includes our picks for minivan Best Bets. To understand how we choose our selections, and how they fit with the Lifestyle New-Car Buying Guide, read the Best Bet methodology. Best Bets for 2007 Minivans
Here, staff reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder picks his favorite minivans, which are ordered according to base manufacturer's suggested retail price, from lowest to highest. The destination charge is not included.
$20,495 - $26,195
When it was introduced in 2002, the Sedona was a triumph — a high-quality, feature-laden minivan that exceeded our expectations, and it came from a company like Kia. "A company like Kia" has a different meaning today than it did then, as the Korean manufacturer has continued to surprise with affordable, well-rounded models of all sorts. The second-generation van would be impressive from any company, as it's packed with standard safety and other features at a reasonable price. Included are an electronic stability system and active head restraints that earn the Sedona and its Hyundai Entourage sister vehicle a Good rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's rear-impact crash tests. With this rating, they are the only minivan models designated Top Safety Picks, with Good scores in all three tests: frontal, side and rear impacts.
$23,895 - $28,895
New for 2007, the Entourage is an adaptation of the well-regarded Kia Sedona, also a Best Bet. The Kia has been so successful that its parent company, Hyundai, is sharing the wealth with Hyundai dealers and brand-loyal customers. The main differences are cosmetic, and the Entourage has no bare-bones trim level. It starts at $23,895 and tops out with a Limited that's loaded with more features and is more than $2,500 more expensive than the top Sedona trim level. Along with the Sedona, it boasts many standard safety features and the best rating of any minivan (as of publication) in IIHS crash tests, earning a Top Safety Pick designation.
$24,155 - $37,665
The Sienna is at least average in all areas and exceptional in many others. It offers a comfortable, quiet ride; good power; and the safety performance, reliability and resale value for which Toyotas are known. As of this year, it leads the class with above-average reliability, and it's still your only choice if you want all-wheel drive in a minivan. The Sienna offers an electronic stability system and a rearview camera as options. Though the camera remains rare, stability is standard equipment on a growing number of other van models. The Sienna absolutely will cost you more than a domestic minivan, but when you consider long-term value, the bargain is here.
$25,645 - $36,895
The Odyssey,'s 2007 Family Car of the Year, goes toe-to-toe with the Toyota Sienna in most of the important ways, though its interior volume is slightly lower and it doesn't offer all-wheel drive. The Odyssey gets its edge from safety features like a standard electronic stability system and gas mileage that's good in the most affordable trim level and startlingly good in the higher trims — EX and Touring — thanks to cylinder-deactivation technology in their more advanced V-6 engine. An optional rearview camera and power doors that reverse at the slightest obstruction distinguish the Odyssey from the bargain-priced competition. The Odyssey's reliability has dipped to average, below the Sienna's class-topping above-average rating. Still, for long-term value, the Odyssey is an excellent choice.
Posted on 4/2/07